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Subban officially wins Norris Trophy

Jun 15, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

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This news originally leaked on Monday, but now it’s official: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban won the 2013 Norris Trophy, edging out Ryan Suter and Kris Letang. This makes him the first Habs blueliner to take the award since Chris Chelios did it in 1989.

That’s not bad for a guy whose season didn’t start until Feb. 2 because of a prolonged contract dispute. The 23-year-old tied Letang for the points lead among defensemen, notching 38 in 42 games. (That also ties a career-high mark he set in 77 games during the 2010-11 campaign).

Subban’s defensive play improved, as he set a career-best +12 mark and served as a go-to guy (along with Andrei Markov) on a Habs team that shocked many to win the Northeast Division and East’s second seed. Despite a first-round loss to Ottawa, Subban scored four points in five postseason games.

With the glaring exception of Nicklas Lidstrom (2011), the Norris has been going to younger blueliners lately, as Duncan Keith (2010), Erik Karlsson (2012) and now Subban have claimed the prize.

With the win, Subban becomes the first Habs defenseman to win the award since Chris Chelios, and will join Hockey Hall of Famers Larry Robinson, Jacques Laperriere, Tom Johnson and Doug Harvey as Montreal defensemen to win the award.

Norris Trophy Top 10 voting

1. P.K. Subban, MTL 1266 (66-56-35-12-3)

2. Ryan Suter, MIN 1230 (65-54-34-8-8)

3. Kris Letang, PIT 914 (31-37-42-39-18)

4. Francois Beauchemin, ANA 290 (1-6-20-33-39)

5. Zdeno Chara, BOS 289 (10-9-16-8-22)

6. Duncan Keith, CHI 281 (1-8-16-36-27)

7. Oliver Ekman-Larsson, PHX 79 (3-1-2-8-8)

8. Shea Weber, NSH 49 (0-1-4-5-7)

9. Drew Doughty, L.A. 43 (0-1-2-7-5)

10. Niklas Kronwall, DET 33 (0-2-1-3-5)

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    What an absolute disgrace to the award’s legacy

    • jovocop2112 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      I get the feeling that if Seth Jones gets drafted 1st you’ll call that a disgrace too.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:51 AM

        Right, because I can only think Subban plays a disrespectful style of hockey and doesn’t deserve the Norris since I’m racist and he’s black.

        It has nothing to do with the fact that he is not a good defenseman, offensively he’s solid but that’s not in the spirit of the award. It also couldn’t be that he plays the game with less class than anyone not named Matt Cooke.

        What happened to you in life that you’re so insecure to critique someone different than you?

      • jackd3868 - Jun 16, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        I won’t be thrilled about it.

      • jackd3868 - Jun 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        “It also couldn’t be that he plays the game with less class than anyone not named Matt Cooke.”

        O come on, that’s not fair!! It’s just not right comparing Matt Cooke to a punk like PK Subban! hahaha

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      Amen!

  2. bruinsfan19 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Change the definition now to the Best Defensive diver in the NHL now I guess since Subban got it. Lol

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:47 AM

      Marchmallow hands down on the diver award.

      • lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        That get tired ,Habs.

  3. 19to77 - Jun 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Why the f*ck is the Norris Trophy just the Art Ross for defense now? There are at least half a dozen defensemen better at actual defense than Subban’s ever been.

    • ddaveyy - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Actually, it’s pretty much been like that since 1984…of course, the trophy is not only for defensive defensemen, it’s for both offensive and defensive defensemen. Where defense is equal, the player with more offense will usually win.

      Dave

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Get your heads out of you rears people. This trophy is awarded to top defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position. In case you missed it, “demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position”. Sarcasm alert. Maybe it includes diving, though nothing indicates this. Seriously! If you can watch him play with objectivity you would see that his d play was very efficient this year as was his offense.

  4. westof1club - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Since Crosby & Letang didn’t win every award, expect the Pittsburgh whiners to voice their displeasure. 3,2,1 waaah

  5. flyersfan67 - Jun 15, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    100 % agree with 19to77, the Norris has become the art Ross for defense man. Who are these beat writers voting on this anyway, what a joke. Even letang being nominated, he’s never played a minute of defense, he’s basically a forward on the back end. Complete embarrassment!!!

  6. banger60 - Jun 15, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Holy crap, Ovie now this jerky, ……….. Speechless!

  7. cloudniner9 - Jun 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    This award is now officially meaningless, one of the worst defensemen in hockey and he wins this, he better thank Markov for holding his hand all season.

  8. andyreidisfat - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Wow, it’s funny when karlsson won last year I don’t remember anyone saying the award was worthless. But now that the black guy wins it is ??? Karlsson is average at best defensively just as subban is.

    P.k. Was the key player in his team making the playoffs. He was the best offensive defenseman in the NHL this past season, and some occasional dives aside (Pittsburgh fans better not be the ones complaint about that when you have the two biggest whiney floppers of all time) he improved his defense big time over the previous years. To me that all adds up to a well deserved Norris trophy.

    Also what a big step for a sport with a some what checkered past in how it had treated black players. But with subban and Simmons blossoming into true stars in the NHL, I think it gives young black kids who like hockey a reason to stick with it.

    • 19to77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:47 AM

      Pffft. You must not have had an account here, then. Aside from Senators fans, everyone here slammed the Karlsson decision. Cute race card, though. That really convinces us all that you have an actual point.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      Nope, people said the exact same thing last year as they did this year. This is not what the award was intended for.

      I must have missed the time hockey was so segregated that it forced blacks to form their own league….oh wait, that’s baseball.

      Hockey has never had a problem with race, nor will it ever.

      • jackd3868 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Hockey has never had a problem with race because most of the players up until now have been of one race. Just like North Korea has zero racism because EVERYONE there is North Korean.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Ok…I take it back.THIS is officially the dopiest posting I ever read.

    • wikidpissah - Jun 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Andy Reid is fat, and you’re an idiot. Subban is the most talented defenseman in the league, but his flopping and turtling is what people hate,not his skin color.

      Norris is supposed to be for the best defenseman, not the most skilled. If you watched the ECFs you’d have seen that it would have been just as bad if Letang had won it. Tremendously skilled, but best defenseman?

      And yes, the same was true for Karlsson.

    • jackd3868 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Blacks dominate the NFL, CFL, NBA and are well represented in the UFC and Major League Baseball. I’m fine with all that. What’s wrong with White people having ONE major team sport to call our own? It’s nice for young White kids to have at least ONE team sport in which they can call their own.

  9. jimthebear - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    This is a disgrace.. He is NOT a good defenseman.. Perhaps good at diving.. Was Norris a 10 meter platform diver?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 16, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      He may not be a SS d man, but you can’t deny that he had a very good 42 game season. The disgrace is in the fact that some of you don’t have the ability to be objective because he’s known for diving.

  10. jkaflagg - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Best defenseman I saw this year was Nicolas Hjalmarsson of Chicago…..not a force offensively but a fine skater, responsible in his own zone and a great stick….second best was Rob Scuderi of LA, not as good a skater as Hjalmarsson but extremely steady….

  11. jimthebear - Jun 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Chara and Seidenberg have been by far the best shutdown pair.. How could neither one of them not get a finalist position.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:55 AM

      Seidenberg has not been that great this year. Watch his game, he’s become quite slow and if it weren’t for Ference back there, he’d lead the D in unforced turnovers.

  12. coolhandtuukk - Jun 16, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    What a joke. Time to remove writers from the awards process. Being the guy who’s headline gets the most clicks on your blog isn’t enough to make him a Norris trophy winner. Let the GM’s, coaches, scouts and players decide the awards if you want legitimacy, otherwise it’s just a thinly veiled publicity machine for the league to trot out its most marketable players.

    • jackd3868 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      With the coaches, GMs, scouts and players deciding this, they are less likely than the media to vote for someone like PK Subban just because it makes for a good PC, anti-White narrative.

  13. broadstreetbeatdown - Jun 16, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    The idiot known as andyreidisfat compares Subban with Simmonds just shows he knows squat about hockey. Simmonds plays hard every single shift. Plays bloody and battered with true grit. Subban flops like he’s been struck in the head by a bolt of lightning if an opposing player so much as farts in his direction. The only player nominated who plays D is Suter. Oh and quit the racial BS no ones biting.

  14. jackd3868 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Talking about Wayne Simmonds, I got to give credit were credit is due. When the MEDIA was making a big deal over some fan in London Ontario throwing a banana peel in his general direction, he didn’t whine like a baby about racism. He basically told the media to shut up and move on to some other story.

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